Repairing Relationships after Rehab

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

As with most every aspect of life, relationships are damaged during a period of addiction. Those that love an addict watched harmful and dangerous actions perpetrated by the addict to themselves and others over and over and this is detrimental to relationships whether romantic, familial, or friendly.

The drug becomes more important to the addict than the person loving the addict. Damage can occur on many levels to those that love someone with substance abuse problems, including emotional, economical, and psychological devastation. It is possible to salvage these relationships with dedication, sobriety, and work.


Reaching Out

The first step in repairing a relationship after rehabilitation is to reach out. Let the person in your life know that you accept responsibility for your wrong doing and it is your hope to correct it and not allow it to continue. Understand that this person may be upset and hurt and unwilling to connect at this point. Don’t give up, give it time, and understand you can only control you and your actions. Don’t see this as defeat.


Demonstrate Dedication

Do the things you have explained to your loved ones that you will do. Follow through in all aspects. Attend meetings, counseling sessions, doctor’s appointments, and group therapy. Be consistent in your contact and support the relationships as they being to grow once again. Don’t give up when a family member or friend is too hurt to continue. Maintain sobriety and and be patient. Show that accountability is important.


End Unhealthy Relationships

Some relationships can be toxic and dangerous to recovery. It is unfair to expect someone in recovery to maintain relationships with those that may be a risk to their sobriety. Spending time with people who actively use substances make relapse much more likely. To ensure your best chance at sobriety, end these relationships.


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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.